What’s this blog about

We have decided to spend a few years, or more, of our retirement full time in an RV. We never planned to retire in our existing home. Figured at the time we sell the house why not travel around the country while we don’t own a stick built home.

I suppose it would be more accurate to replace the term “retirement” with “freedom” in that I’ll still be working part-time to support our needs. The difference will be our income will come from various sources, including social security and pensions, rather than working a fulltime job. Because the amount of earned income we should need from a job is far less, we will have more flexibility in selecting our part-time work.

We are using this blog as an electronic notebook to jot down our planning steps. We hope by posting ideas and decisions we will generate comments from those traveling the same path or those more experienced for the benefit of all readers.

We have the time so why not use it to research everthing! We spent years planning for retirement and how we would fund it. Karen and I view planning for retirement to an RV just another step in our overall retirement planning.

Make sure you come back and visit our blog pages. Very few are static pages as I’m adding content all the time.  We really want to get input from whomever is willing to give it.

Planning reduces the risk of failure. Or as my dad used to say it, “piss poor planning leads to piss poor performance.”

Karen and I started living fulltime in our fifth wheel on 8/22/19. I decided to keep posting on this blog because I’ve received so much feedback with ideas to make living the RV lifestyle easier. Also family comes here to see what we are up to even when Karen posts on her Facebook page. I want to keep posting so folks know what planning steps worked and what did not.

Thanks for reading,

Mark and Karen


11 thoughts on “What’s this blog about

  1. Hello mark and Karen,
    My husband and I are from Kelowna British Columbia Canada. We are also in the process of looking at full timing. I found your ite and have found it most interesting. We have been researching for about a year now.
    Thank you for all the awesome info , keep it coming
    John and cherie


  2. Getting your rig early is an excellent idea. By the time you’re ready to pull the trigger on retirement, you will have become familiar with your new “home” and you won’t be belly-flopping in to retirement, downsizing and starting a dramatic lifestyle change all at once. As you correctly stated, it is intense, as it was for us, and consider that we had had our MH for several years when we did it. Besides, playing with your new toy and making it perfect will help the final year go by in a flash. I say, “go for it.”


    • Mike, I’ve been reading through your blog for tips.

      We are in agreement that having the rig early should make the last year go quicker. Karen and I talked about it earlier in the week and are thinking about getting our truck first, which would be one capable of towing/stopping up to around 19,500 pounds. That’s the largest fifth wheel we are interested in and there are plenty of trailer selections at that weight and below. Then get the trailer. This is what makes since for us financially.

      I’m saving up vacation time so I’ll be maxed out the last year and we will be able to take several longer trips.


  3. We are planning also. We don’t have a house, the investors took our retirement, so we are using our little trailer. We rehomed our chickens (that we adored), took our boat to our daughter, and just sold our tractor. We hope to buy a newer truck. We are long retired and hope to be on the road come March 2017. I think getting the truck first is a great idea! We hope to get a diesel for the pulling. Will follow your progress. Good Luck. You are very lucky.


      • I will add more info with my next post. So far we have given away our chickens, given our boat away and sold our tractor. We have a Harley that will be going to our son this weekend. Next our shed comes down and then my hubby is going hunting. When he returns we take my husbands 1940 Ford to our son and begin to get rid of personnel stuff. I’ll keep you posted.


  4. Looks like fun! We used to do a lot of RVing when the kids were young…(we homeschooled, so we were able to travel when we wanted) When we sell this house we might just get another trailer and take to the road for a while (just the 2 of us this time) before settling down again 🙂 Happy travels!!

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  5. Again, FANTASTIC archive of your prep, I really appreciate it as we are on a very similar journey with a similar timeline. In reference to your very detailed and great trailer rating effort, I added a couple things on mine.
    1. Inside and outside storage volume. Weight is great but volume will also fit in my equation
    2. Access to ceiling, walls, floor for inspections, wiring updates, etc. I am a little worried about how I do things behind the walls and then put them back together.
    3. Access to bathroom, fridge, bedroom with the slides in the in position. I just want to access these without having to go through a setup procedure…
    4. We are going to rip the Band-Aid off and go solar, truck alternator and plugin from the get go, no generator. Slight changes in your electrical area (through holes in roof, room for more batteries, efficient AC option).

    Minor things for me to add to your detailed list.

    I owe you a couple steak dinners if I we meet up on the road one day!


    • Nice additions Trent… We also found having a few must haves was a good way to knock down the list of trailers I even had to run through the evaluation. It’s a time consuming process to rank them but really the only way to compromise our way to the nearly perfect trailer for us.


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